Arts Management


  • Entry year 2024
  • Duration Full time 1 year


Why Lancaster?

  • Learn and explore management concepts in relation to the arts and culture sector
  • Find out how arts organisations and artists make meaningful connections with the communities around them
  • Engage with arts and cultural organisations via visiting speakers, workshops, and external projects
  • Join our vibrant and diverse community of creative professionals and within Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA)
  • Develop your interests and decide which direction to take your career with support from our arts and culture experts, and specialist careers team

Those who take up management roles in arts organisations are able to influence the future of those organisations and the impact they have on the communities they serve. What skills and knowledge do you need to meet the challenges of the role? How will you add your voice? And, most importantly, what will your legacy be?

Making your mark

Every student on this course has a different story to tell. You’ll meet people who have already worked in the sector and want to specialise in curation. Other students come from a management background but have always had an interest in the arts. Whoever you are, you’ll fit in and we’ll help you find your path.

The course is all about the intersection of theory and practice. You will learn about theories that affect various aspects of arts management - such as arts marketing, cultural policy, leadership and strategy – and how you can use those theories to improve practice. You’ll explore a very wide range of topics, from cultural networks and policy to arts participation and leadership.

By the end of the course you'll be ready to make a difference through your knowledge, skills and passion.

How to connect

As well as exploring the issues facing the sector, you’ll look at how arts organisations can make meaningful connections with the communities around them. Perhaps your interests lie in the role of arts organisations in education, or in relation to promoting equality and diversity? Maybe you are passionate about the environment and how arts organisations react to the global climate crisis?

You'll benefit from our close connections to creative industries in the North West, such as Lancaster Arts, and we often invite professionals such as practitioners and industry experts to meet our students.

To apply everything you’ve learnt, you’ll carry out a research project on an issue relating to the sector or a particular organisation. You might look at environmental factors such as sustainability in the sector, exploring digital strategy in the arts or examining Covid-19 recovery.



You don’t need to start this course knowing exactly what you want to do. Throughout the course, we’ll encourage you to think about your options. Do you think you’d enjoy working with young people in the arts? If you want to start your own enterprise, we can help you there too.

Whatever you decide to do next, we’ll make sure you graduate with an understanding of what it really means to work effectively as a manager and your core strengths.

Our recent graduates have secured rewarding roles within the creative industries including:

  • Venue and events supervisor
  • Project manager
  • Production assistant
  • Events coordinator

If you are interested in continuing your studies with a focus on researching an area of particular interest to you, then you may be interested in staying with us to complete a PhD.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a creative arts, social science or management background

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum score of 6.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email

Course structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.



Fees and funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
Home £11,500 n/a
International £23,875 n/a

General fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

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